NATIONAL Instruments has announced a suite of control design and simulation tools that extends the LabVIEW graphical development environment to the design, implementation and testing of control systems.
The tools include the NI LabVIEW System Identification Toolkit 2.0 and NI LabVIEW Control Design Toolkit 2.0. Both have interactive assistants that give control design and simulation engineers a drag-and-drop, configuration-based environment for plant modelling and control system design.
The LabVIEW Control Design Toolkit has graphical tools such as root-locus and Bode plots to help users design control systems for everything from adaptive cruise control systems to high-precision machines.
The LabVIEW control design and simulation tools also include the NI LabVIEW Simulation Module and NI LabVIEW State Diagram Toolkit. These toolkits allow the user to verify controller performance and simulate their systems offline or implement them in real time hardware. They can take advantage of the built-in I/O capability and determinism of LabVIEW Real-Time to download these models to targets for rapid control prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop testing.
The LabVIEW control design and simulation tools can be used with the new NI CompactRIO embedded system for performing applications such as rapid control prototyping or embedded implementation. It is a small and durable platform based on FPGA technology.